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"They are easy to get hold of, very agile and speak plainly about what outcomes are likely and what are reasonable, which is really helpful in delicate situations."

Chambers & Partners, 2022

"They are strong public lawyers who understand the area well and ensure clients do the right thing on the way to winning."

Chambers & Partners, 2022

"They inspire confidence and their teamwork is very good."

Chambers & Partners, 2022

"Their manner is excellent. They understand your needs and are sympathetic to them. They listen. Their advice is thoughtful and realistic."

Legal 500 UK 2022

"The team has a broad range of skills and handles all public law issues effectively."

Legal 500 UK 2022

"Knowledgeable, responsive, thoughtful, professional, well networked and well connected, with a touch of elegance which goes beyond what one normally encounters in a legal firm.”

Legal 500 UK 2021

"The team is small but packs a punch well above its size: they are quick, flexible, continuously on the ball and efficient.”

Legal 500 UK 2021

"They are outstanding; they combine high-level legal skills with real human understanding."

Chambers UK 2021

Our team of public law lawyers has over twenty-five years of experience acting in 'sensitive, high profile and politically inflected' matters. We act for individuals (including senior professionals and public figures), companies and business groups, charities and pressure groups as well as government and public bodies themselves.

Whether you are contemplating or defending a judicial review challenge, appearing before a public inquirymajor inquest or select committee, or concerned about protecting personal information, we understand that you have wider interests at stake, be they organisational, financial, commercial, reputational or business and human rights. Visit our dedicated webpage for further information on the Covid-19 Public Inquiry.

Public law solicitors

We are a leading public law team in the UK, consistently top-ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. We are recognised for our "exceptional capabilities" and "enormous strengths'' acting on behalf of public and private sector clients.

As one of the only dedicated public law teams in the country, we rapidly get to the heart of the issue, providing realistic legal advice so that you can confidently navigate the bigger picture, as well as the litigation or inquiry at hand.

Our team is led by Sophie Kemp, recognised as “impressive lawyer” and “contributor to public law”.

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What clients and directories say

Legal advice is always given with an awareness and deep experience of the wider legal context (in our case, public inquiries) and a sensitivity to the client’s objectives.”

Legal 500 UK 2021

One of the top public law teams."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2020

The team has a strong focus and the determination to achieve what is required."

Legal 500 UK, 2020

I find them hands-on, engaged and willing to provide feedback for the work we do."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2020

The firm has an amazing engagement with clients and barristers with a real sense of teamwork."

Legal 500 UK, 2020

Provides high-quality public law advice to public and private sector organisations alike."

Legal 500 UK, 2020

One of their main strengths is the personal touch - you get the sense the lawyers really care about the work they undertake and you as a client."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2019

Pragmatic advice which always demonstrates a sensitivity to the concerns and objectives of the client."

Legal 500 UK, 2019

Experience, willingness to challenge and be challenged, understanding of legislation, regulations and drafting skills."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2018

Clients are ‘very impressed with the degree of care’ Kingsley Napley LLP has in handling judicial reviews, public inquiries, inquests and regulatory matters."

Legal 500 UK, 2017

A real diversity of work. They benefit from experience acting for individuals, companies and public bodies, which gives them a depth and gravitas that sets them apart. Also, they are very friendly and down to earth individuals."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2017

All the people I have come across there are very high quality and know what they are doing."

A client

Client service has been good, always with a quick turnaround to requests for advice. They are responsive and have a good understanding of client needs."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2017

They were very approachable, friendly and responsive, and they provide good value for money." 

A client

They have exceptional capabilities, their strengths are enormous and we have been extremely pleased with the work the public law team has done."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

What I like about them is that they are quite a small firm but have extremely good management of big cases. All of their clients get a great deal of attention." 

A client

The ‘fantastic’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP ‘is dedicated and undertakes some of the most high profile public cases."

Legal 500 UK, 2015

Practice head Adam Chapman’s ‘experience working in government makes him the ideal lawyer for both commercial and claimant judicial review."

Legal 500 UK, 2015

Sources praise the group's abilities in 'sensitive, high-profile, politically inflected work' and attest that 'what is really refreshing is their commitment to their clients and the care they take'..."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Adam Chapman "is a very wise, astute public law lawyer," according to sources, who add: "He was a Treasury solicitor for a long time, which gives him a very well-rounded judgement."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Stephen Parkinson is an "extremely astute and enormously experienced" former government lawyer who is considered to be one of the leading public law solicitors in the country."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession


Public Law Insights

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Greenwashing: engaging with regulators on ESG concerns

R (Commissioner of the Met Police) v PAT – judicial review against Supt. Robyn Williams’ reinstatement to the Met police dismissed

Press Release: Kingsley Napley announces Sophie Kemp as new Head of Public Law team

Reported Amazon fine of $425m 'biggest test' of GDPR enforcement yet - Adam Chapman quoted in Compliance Week

Kingsley Napley's Public Law team response to the Government Consultation regarding the Independent Review of Administrative Law

Press Release: Kingsley Napley announces two new partners in 2021 promotions round

Press release: Okpabi v Shell - Supreme Court rules that Nigerian Communities can have their case against Shell heard in the English Courts

UK COVID-19 contact tracers working from abroad - Adam Chapman quoted in The Guardian

Kingsley Napley's Public Law team response to the Government's Call for Evidence of the Independent Review of Administrative Law

Kingsley Napley commended in eight categories in The Times Best Law Firms 2021

When rights come home - Sophie Kemp quoted in The Law Society Gazette

Sophie Kemp quoted in various publications regarding the potential COVID-19 public inquiry

Sophie Kemp writes for the New Law Journal about the scope for a future COVID-19 public inquiry

Sophie Kemp appears on LBC regarding the potential COVID-19 public inquiry

Enhanced threat of director disqualification for breaches of competition law - Jonathan Grimes writes for Financial Director

Google does not have to honor the 'right to be forgotten' outside Europe - Adam Chapman quoted in CNN Business

Briefs will always be in fashion - Katherine Tyler quoted in The Times

Kingsley Napley's public law team represents victim of Westminster Bridge terror attack

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The Covid-19 Inquiry – the importance of the terms of reference

Data: A new direction - Access to personal data

The right to equality in fertility treatment

The Judicial Review and Courts Bill: Proposed reform of Judicial Review

Data protection law reform: A new direction?

Can you refuse to give evidence to a public inquiry?

Having our cake and eating it: Parliamentary sovereignty in light of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic

Reform of the Human Rights Act: The Lord Chancellor’s “mechanism” to correct judgements

Essential Planning for the COVID Inquiry - Sophie Kemp provides insight for the Carer

What is Next for GDPR in the UK, is Change on the Horizon?

Case Note – challenging the Court’s jurisdiction in judicial review proceedings: R (Girgis) v Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations [2021] EWHC 2256 (Admin)

New guidance encourages judicial review practitioners to be concise, succinct and prepared

Can you devise an effective ouster clause to exclude a category of decision making from judicial review?

The UK Supreme Court has confirmed the principles for judicial review of policies

Case Note – costs of interested parties in judicial review proceedings: CPRE Kent v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government UK/SC 2019/0174

Regulating working conditions: a ‘one stop shop’ approach to tackling modern slavery

Judicial Review Reform – waiting for the sting

Safeguarding - 5 golden principles for school leaders

Coaching, Teaching and Support Work in Lockdown: Safeguarding and Data Protection considerations when working with children online

Supreme Court rules that Nigerian communities can have their case against Shell heard in the English courts

Business and Human Rights Legislation and the Enforcement Question - A report by Kingsley Napley and Dr Rachel Chambers

Regulation and Uptake of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Would the Constitution survive a No-Deal Brexit? The Internal Market Bill and its legal controversies

Parliamentary scrutiny in the time of Coronavirus

ICO enforcement action – key considerations for charities in the GDPR era

Office for Students refusal to register higher education provider unlawful due to failure to delegate and ‘secret policy’

International Court of Justice and UN General Assembly do not alter the outcome of the Chagos Islands challenge

Voter ID laws and the way courts interpret legislation

The inquest process during COVID-19 restrictions

The future public inquiry into COVID-19

COVID-19 and contact tracing apps: A test of public confidence in data privacy?

Expenses and Exemptions: Looking at the case of George Greenwood v Information Commissioner (2020)

The Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission: what’s to come?

ICO enforcement – key considerations for businesses and organisations in 2020

“Love comes first”: The journey to equal partnerships and marriage in the UK

The High Court confirms that unincorporated associations may participate in both judicial review claims and statutory challenges

AI and Algorithmic Decision-Making in the Public Sector and Criminal Justice System

Environmental Information Regulations - a potential shift in approach by the ICO

An early Christmas present for the tech sector from the CMA?

A change of direction in director disqualification for breaches of competition law?

Enemies of the constitution? The words of those attacking independent judges are corrosive and wrong

Since prorogation ‘never happened’ what happens next?

In deep water: High Court decides on level of compensation for interference with fishing quotas

When politics and law collide: The prorogation judicial reviews

“WhatsApp” with Dominic Grieve’s motion for Brexit communications?

The suspension of parliament increases legal scrutiny of Brexit – and possibly a public inquiry?

High Court finds Mayor’s Congestion Charge decision did not involve unlawful discrimination

“Volaw Trust” - A strengthening of the privilege against self incrimination from requests for pre-existing documents?

London Climate Action Week: Cutting through the London smog - the big question still to be answered about the death of Ella-Kissi Debrah

London Climate Action Week: Saving Londoners from nitrogen dioxide, one judicial review at a time

The grey area between Article 2 and ordinary medical negligence? The High Court considers Parkinson and the deaths of vulnerable people in care homes

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